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Do you know that Pappadam is an integral part of any Sadya in Kerala?

That’s correct! Crunchy, piping hot papadams, all puffed up, are a must for any Sadhya, especially for the grand Onam festival.

Though machine-made papadams have mostly captured the market, yet these handmade papadams are still a hit.

There are many entrepreneurs in Thiruvananthapuram who sell handmade papadams.

This is Retnamma R, the traditional pappadam maker of the city.

She along with her husband V Gopalakrishnan runs a papadum unit at their home in Valiyasala.

It’s a treat to watch him shape the little bits of dough into perfect circles, the size of a tennis ball.

She says that she usually makes 700-800 papadams every day, but during Onam it can go up to 1,000 or more.

This shop named Karmana Pappadam at Karmana Junction was started 80 years ago by Vishwanath Bhattar. It is now managed by his son V Purushottam.

He says that he uses 30 to 35 kg of urad dal flour every day to make papadum.

Each worker makes 20 to 25 bundles of 100 papadums. An experienced hand makes 30 to 35 bundles.

How are papadums made?

The ingredients of papadum flour are urad dal, papada karam (alkaline salt) and salt. These days baking soda is used instead of papada karam.

The flour mixing is mechanized. The dough is kneaded again and softened by mashing it by hand.

Small portions of the dough are rolled into medium sized papadums.

After making about 100 papadams, they stack them and keep pressing them by hand.

It has to be done in such a way that the size of the papadum becomes big.

Papadams need to be thoroughly dusted with flour (usually a mixture of rice flour and maida) so that they do not stick together

The papadams are then dried in the sun for 15 to 30 minutes.

When it rains, they dry them on jute sacks.

The shelf life of pappadams is three to five days; They can be kept in the refrigerator for a week or two.

Hand made papadams cost more than machine made papadams.

The cost of handmade papadams varies according to the size. It starts from ₹120 for 100 papadams and can go up to ₹250-300 for the bigger one.

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